How to Stay Safe in a Tornado
The Dallas area is part of a region of the United States designated Tornado Alley, because as many as one-quarter of all major tornadoes occur in the Central United States!
In May and June of this year, there were already some major Texas tornadoes, including one in Central Texas that packed winds of 125 mph! Notably, one house had its roof ripped off, while another home was lifted from its foundation and flung 150 yards away.
You want to be prepared for any tornadoes that might crop up in the remainder of the summer, so here are a few tips to stay safe.
Tip 1: Watch for the Signs
Texas is home to the most tornadoes of any state, so it pays to know the signs that a tornado might be coming. One sign is large hail, which comes with tornadoes because hail requires the same strong, upward movements of air.
Another sign is a greenish, dark sky. Also listen for a roaring noise that’s comparable to the sound of a freight train. Note that a tornado could be nearby even if you don’t see it—high winds are a telltale sign.
Aside from these signs, pay attention to the National Weather Service on your TV or radio. This important service will issue a warning that there’s a tornado watch in effect. It’ll also tell you whether a hazardous event is occurring now or is imminent in thirty minutes to an hour.
Tip 2: Have a Disaster Plan
Another important step is to prepare your employees or colleagues with a disaster plan. This includes steps like
● finding out about the level of risk in your specific area
● coming up with a safe place everyone can meet during a tornado (ideally underground or low to the ground, such as a basement or first-floor hallway away from any windows)
● practicing tornado drills so everyone remembers what to do during an actual tornado
● learning what you can about tornado safety
These steps can make all the difference when you encounter an actual tornado.
Tip 3: Prepare Your Property
Another important step is to prepare your property as much as you can. You’ll want to know which items you need to bring in during a storm, such as patio furniture or signs.
You can also strategically trim your plants and trees to improve their resistance to wind.
Lastly, don’t forget about the importance of a strong roof. Some roof materials can withstand tremendous wind, and your entire home or building will be better protected with the proper roof on top.
If you have questions about tornado proofing and reinforcing your roof, talk to us. And don’t forget to contact Storm Hawks if a storm has passed through and you need urgent help. That’s what we do.
Storm Hawk Commander-in-Chief,